Project 1

‘Traces Of Time’


Project 1 – The Frozen Moment


Exercise 3.1 – Freeze




Start by doing some of your own research into the photographers discussed above. Then, using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject. Depending on the available light you may have to select a high ISO to avoid visible blur in the photograph. Add a selection of shots, together with relevant shooting data and a description of process (how you captured the images), to your learning log.



Initial Response

In the course materials, there are various artists mentioned above in the text. To me, without even researching them yet, they seem a very special and an important range of photographers who have a status within photography for their early work within the photography industry dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Mainly, this text and the photographers are relating to movement. Movement is a very cool subject for me, because you capture the moment so fast and some images look amazing with movement in them. With movement you will never be able to capture that exact moment ever again. Sure, this goes the same with any photograph, to do with lighting, slight movement of the camera etc. as the saying goes, no two pictures are ever the same. Even though they may look the same. But with movement they will be noticeably different in each photo, even if it is a recreation of the same movement, for example, shooting high shutter speed for a dance move, in each image, there will be different height, body shape as it changes with each move. This is just an example of movement. Movement is not necessarily set up like a landscape or portrait photograph. It is captured as it is produced. This can create some really cool images, so I am excited to do movement. I think this will be very challenging as it is shot quickly and at the right moment, although I look forward to it.



Mind Map

To view some of the key elements to help me towards a good shoot, click the link below to view a mind map I have created to help me.

Movement Mind Map


Shoot Plan

For my shoot, I am looking to use my mind map to help guide me to a strong shoot. Depending on availability of people I am either looking at shooting skateboarding or my dogs. There are both very fast movements and will be difficult to capture. This puts me out of my comfort zone as I have never shot fast moving subjects using specific camera equipment and to get the frozen moment effect. I have shot my dogs before, for a shoot, but only portrait photography, nothing with them moving fast. I think this will be an interesting shoot as I need to comply with the brief 100% to get the outcome expected.


Contact Sheet

Please click the link to view my contact sheet for this shoot.

Contact Sheet




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‘Tug of War’

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Description of Process

As mentioned in the brief, it asks you to describe the process of your shoot. In a short summery, there is not much to say. Simply, I took my dogs out, lead them through a series of activities like throwing a ball, and generally let them free roam, taking numerous shots of my dogs moving about. I set my camera to the relevant settings as instructed by the course materials and started shooting. I kept it mainly at the fastest of shutters so that it could capture the movement really crisp and fresh. I also took it portrait instead of landscape, as this is a narrower frame meaning you can focus on the dogs more, rather than the surroundings. 


Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1 –

Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 2000
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 2 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 3 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 4 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 5 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 6 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1250
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Image 7 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/4000



After this short exercise, I have learnt a lot about movement, and freezing movement. I feel that my research, although not in extreme depth, provided me with a broad range of ideas to help with my shoot and towards the success of the task.
My dogs were a strong point of movement, because they rarely stop when out and about and to capture them playing together makes for a really good shoot.
Throughout the exercise I used relevant research skills, and techniques to help push my abilities to comply with the exercise. Compositionally my shots are good, and they clearly show what the brief has asked.
My content for the exercise is enough to demonstrate movement and my application of knowledge is evident in my work, from my annotations. I have communicated my ideas well and have expressed my views and my work across the course of the exercise.
I have used my imagination and done a shoot that will always be interesting as it is with animals and they are unpredictable. I experimented with using a stick, letting them free roam and getting them to jump up on their back feet to see what the best results were.
In terms of research and critical thinking, I have done a good amount of broad research that would allow me to explore various ideas before my shoot. I think this helped in the outcome of the shoot with what I chose to focus on.
In conclusion, this exercise has been enjoyable and my images sit nicely together showing a series of movements from my dogs with a stick. If I was to revisit this exercise, I might think about skating or more of an extreme sport as I feel this would be fun and interesting.




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